Members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have been urged to limit large crowds as a way of controlling the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
The call was made by the party Secretary General Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba during the weekly press conference at the NRM headquarters along Kyadondo road on Sunday.
Lumumba told the media that the party has rolled out the village-based campaigns, and the party is conscious about the Covid-19 pandemic. She requested the village mobilizers to embrace the new normal and limit cross district movements in their mobilization work.
‘’I want to call upon our mobilizers and supporters that campaigns are based at village level, at work places and at institutions. We encourage door-to-door, person-to-person, house-to-house mobilisation. I know we have so many NRM cadres so many NRM supporters who would have loved to move from one place to another to campaign for the party for all the candidates from president to local councils. But it is not so easy because we want everybody alive. That’s why we have emphasized on village based, work place, and institutions,’’ Lumumba said.
Lumumba also said that, as an institution, the party had to make changes to suit the new normal adding that funds from the party to support the different structures or individuals whether candidates or committees is banked directly to the district accounts.
‘’Every district has an account we opened up where funds are sent direct. These funds are managed by district leadership. The signatories are the chairman of the NRM in the district, the treasurer and the administrative secretary,’’ Lumumba adds.
She however noted that, for logistics like t-shirts, posters, manifestos, and any other materials got from the secretariat to the district, are sent direct to the district and the district leadership is supposed to deliver them to the villages.
‘’We are doing all these,’’ she said, ‘’ In an effort to reduce the numbers that come at the secretariat, reducing on exposure to the different people, leaders, supporters and members in order to reduce on the congestion. So it is our responsibility to protect every individual citizen of this country. We request NRM leaders to manifest good examples to the rest of the political parties.’’
Lumumba called on leaders of district, sub-counties for whatever materials they need to communicate through the call centre numbers for immediate help.
On the issue of the allegations to do with the embezzlement of funds involving the Secretary General and her team, Lumumba said those are meant to derail the NRM supporters.